Infield Fly Heartbreak: White Sox Denied Unlikely Ninth-Inning Victory

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White Sox’s Dramatic Rally Ends in Disappointment with Unusual Double Play

In a thrilling turn of events, the Chicago White Sox, despite facing an insurmountable six-run deficit heading into the final inning, rallied valiantly with runners on first and second and only one out.

Unexpected Double Play Breaks Hearts

However, the momentum swiftly dissipated when Andrew Benintendi hit a pop-up to Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson. In an unfortunate twist, the infield fly rule came into play, resulting in the second out of the inning.

Adding insult to injury, umpires then ruled that the runner at second base, Andrew Vaughn, had interfered with Henderson. Vaughn’s subsequent dismissal extinguished any hopes of a walk-off victory, leaving the Chicago faithful in utter disbelief.

Grifols’ Frustration Erupts

White Sox manager Pedro Grifols, incensed by the decision, emerged from the dugout to vehemently protest, but to no avail. As the umpires marched off the field, Grifols’ passionate plea for justice fell on deaf ears.

Crew chief Adrian Johnson explained the rationale behind the interference call, emphasizing that a baserunner’s contact with a fielder, regardless of intent, qualifies as obstruction.

Johnson: “When you see the interference, you call it. The rule leaves no room for discretion.”

Grifols’ Dissent

Grifols expressed his dissatisfaction with the rule itself, despite acknowledging the accuracy of the call within its confines.

Grifols: “I’m fine with how the play was called, but not with the rule. Vaughn didn’t intentionally contact Henderson and wasn’t attempting to hinder his catch.”

Orioles Breathe a Sigh of Relief

The Orioles’ joy was palpable. First baseman Ryan Mountcastle admitted to a sense of immense relief, while manager Brandon Hyde acknowledged their fortunate escape.

Mountcastle: “It’s definitely a big relief. We got out of a really tough spot there.”

Hyde: “We escaped there. We certainly did.”

White Sox’s Woes Continue

The loss extended the White Sox’s dismal record to 15-36, cementing their status as the worst team in baseball. Their .294 winning percentage is abysmal, potentially ranking among the 18 worst in modern baseball history. On their current trajectory, they would finish with an abysmal 47-115 record.

Chicago finds itself languishing near the bottom in almost every statistical category.